Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Monday! I am blessed!

I'm feeling really, really great today. Lots of reasons, and of course knowing me, you know I'm not going to be quiet about them...

On Sunday, I had the privilege of being the driver/cheerleader for The Swede as he participated in “Walking the Walk” for Parkinson's at one of our local parks. He did the longest loop available, and in HALF the time he had predicted. Yes, he has Parkinson's, but in no way is he letting it slow him down. He walks, hikes, bikes, snowshoes, cross-country skis and is driving to Maryland this summer. Go Dad!

I've also gotten some awards lately. Wow, people, I'm feeling so blessed! You'll see more awards posts in the coming weeks, but today it's:

The amazing Jo, of Jo on Food, My Travels and a Scent of Chocolate gifted me with the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers  award. 

If you've never visited Jo, you gotta go see her. She writes honestly and openly and is the only person I've met with an equal fondness for asparagus ;-) Yes, you get a recipe in each post. No, they're not ALL asparagus. Go say hi!

I'm to pass this on to 10-12 LADY blogger friends. You know, the whole sisterhood thing? Sorry guys.

I've met some amazing new bloggers on my road trip this year, reading reflections posts (yes Gary, I said the R word again...)and wandering around that large list of alphabet lovers. If you haven't met these lovely ladies yet, please go introduce yourself. If you know them, you know why I picked 'em.

Hilary of Positive Letters...inspirational stories... I love this lady. She feeds my history buff side, my culinary enthusiast side, and she is one DAMN good minion. She doesn't do awards though, so it's especially fun to give her one ;-). Again.

Carol Kilgore of Under the Tiki Hut, author of Solomon's Compass, which I can't wait to read, but it's BuNoWriMo and I've invited the world to kick me in the keister for not following I will have to exercise DISCIPLINE and not read it yet.  Don't let that stop YOU, though.

Jenn of Jeneral Insanity (wear depends before you go...she will seriously crack you up)

M.J Joachim who has more blogs than you can count...and did the Challenge with them all, and is the queen of crochet (I'm sending you to the crochet'll find the rest from there)

Melissa of Melissa's Imaginarium. Ok, I did know her before this year, but we reconnected. She's an inspiration in her personal achievements, and her books are delicious. Adults only :-)

The rest go to my amazing co-host sisters:

Shannon at The Warrior Muse. Third challenge and counting. INVENTOR of the Road Trip buddy and all-around amazing gal. Another place where I get my history-buff fix.

L.Diane Wolfe of Spunk on a Stick. Let me tell ya', she's one spunky lady. Her book of publishing tips is AMAZING. Go buy it. It will make you want to finish that WIP.

Nicole of The Madlab Post. Movie maker AND writer AND blogger, AND able to leap tall deadlines in a single bound without internet, on her Smartphone. She rocks. 

Damyanti of Amlokiblogs. Perseveres through tragedy and an inspiration to us all. Still praying for you.

Konstanz Silverbow of No Thought 2 Small. Great, supportive buddy and is publishing her first novel! Go K! And if you need weapons advice, she's your girl. Like if you want to maim a teenager or anything...not that I do right now...

Livia Petersen of Leave it to Livia. It was such a crazy year we didn't really get a chance to get to know each other, but she loves movies, and now that that we're done with the craziness of April, and the hangover of May, maybe we'll get a chance to chat. Hoping so anyway :-)

So yeah. Dad is doing great and people like me. They really like me. (Name the quote for 10 extra points) (not that anyone is counting) (because I'm not competitive or anything) (ok, say goodnight, Gracie) (you could name that one too...)



Unknown said...

Life is Good for you and your dad. Congratulations to him for pressing on.

People like Sally Field and that quote she made while accepting her award for Norma Rae.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

BRAVO to your pop... I am thrilled and full of ear to ear grins...

It's going to be on the upswing, we are at the half way mark of 2013... it's time we all turned this "B@tch" around... I think from what we have talked about, that only really makes sense to you and I sis.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sally Field!
That is awesome your dad did the walk. And that you were there to help him.
All excellent ladies you named - congratulations, sister!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely positive post, thank you

Brian Miller said...

dang it....alex beat me to sally field...smiles....and cool on pops whipping it around the loop...and congrats on having friends tina....smiles.

Carol Kilgore said...

Yay for The Swede!

Congrats on your awards, and thank you for passing this one on to me. I shall put it to good use, probably next month as June has filled up quickly.

Lucy said...

Way to go to your Father :)

Congrats on your award and I will have to check out some of those blogs, love to find good blogs from bloggy buddies.

Lucy from Lucy's Reality

Andrew Leon said...

I'm going to make this a non-comment, because the comment I actually have is sad.

Congrats on the award, though!

JoJo said...

Great job by your dad!!!! I'm glad you are getting the week off to a good start!

Misha Gerrick said...

Your dad is seriously awesome. And so are you. ;-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina - thanks so much for the award - I love meeting new people and saying hi etc .. mind you I like awards .. sadly they gather 'the dust' .. and go nowhere .. I'm hopeless in that regard.

Your father is amazing - isn't he doing well and that day spent fishing too .. but that's the way to live .. live to the full ... and all things will be helped along the way. He looks so happy too ..

Great list of fellow bloggers you've selected .. some I see often, others not so often ..

People like you .. yay .. we do ... we really really do ... we mean we do!!

Cheers and have a great week .. Hilary

Nicole said...

Kudos to your Dad for staying strong and living an active life that keeps him mobile, inspiring and full of great stories to tell the grandchildren!

Congratulations to all recipients of the "Sisterhood of the World" award, especially M.J. -- I don't even know how she juggled so many blogs...successfully, at that....during the A to Z Challenge. Although I don't crotchet, that blog is fun to read and I really enjoyed her Effectively Human blog because it makes some great points and provides good food for thought.

Also, thank YOU for the Award, Tina! In one quick swoop, you've managed to make the term "Sisterhood" a pleasant one to think of again AND you've basically given me some material for TWO Monday Movie Memes. I will be using the first one today. The theme will be "Awards!" -- I like it because I can kill two birds with one stone in the same post: Announcing my new award and the newest MMM theme. Yay!

#atozchallenge Road Trip Co-Host

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Good for your dad!

Thank you for nominating me. Jo nominated me, too, and I just haven't had time to acknowledge it.

loverofwords said...

George Burns. I have heard how good exercise is for Parkinson's -- Bravo to your dad!

Jo said...

Way to go for the Swede. Only way to go, to keep on going.

Glad you passed on the Sisterhood Award, funny that Hilary won't do anything with them.

Thanks for the nice words too, Tina.


Anonymous said...

(((BIG HUGS!!!))) Oh, Tina, you've just made my day!!! Can't get enough sisters and I will proudly display this badge on all my blogs (and link it back to this post)- just because you gave it to me!

And Nicole, you got me all choked up too. You have no idea what a pleasure it was being on your team for the A - Z this year. psst...hey folks, when they come around asking for minion service next year, be sure and hope Nicole picks you to be on her team. Shes wonderful!

Congratulations to all these wonderful ladies here. You're all amazing and you definitely deserve this award.

As for you Tina, you deserve a trophy, ribbon, award, badge of honor and everything else we can think of...I don't know how you do what you do, but you sure do do it well! Thank you again for the award, sister!

Melissa said...

Awesome! 'Go, Dad!' is right!

That's quite a list of bloggers. I know a few. Great choices.

Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting Carol. :)

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Awww *high five* to your Dad!

And thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, for the award!!!! <3 I really appreciate it!!!!! *HUGS* My goodness I miss being a part of the team with you! In fact, I miss the whole A-to-Z team! <3


Donna Smith said...

Wonderfully positive post...can you stand another award? The Sunshine Award is available on my site for you tomorrow morning!

Jeneral Insanity said...

Way to go Dad! That is so awesome! I'm so glad that he doesn't let that get him down. Too many people stop living when they get a diagnosis like that. It's good to know he's not one of them!

Thank you so much for the award! It's going in the pile that I've neglected for months now...but on top! One of these days, I'll get off my butt and take care of them all.

Unknown said...

Aww... HUGE HUGS!! Thank you so so much, you have made my month. You rock, Tina, plain and simple. I am so happy that reconnected. :)

Silvia Writes said...

Hurray for your dad! He's a great example for us all -- we all need to stop complaining and get out there, no reason not to.
You listed some people I've met through the Challenge, so I agree with all the wonderful things you said. Visits to their blogs have become learning experiences, or fun, or just a great way to get my mind off daily life, and I love that.

klahanie said...

Hey Tina,

Yeah, I know, where is that Gary? Hi, I'm here now :)

Huge kudos to your beloved dad. Inspiration at its most profound.

Nice Reflections, eh. And such a thoughtful mention of each of those ladies you forwarded the award onto.

I have had the delight and sensed the happy and the sad times of a number of those lovely ladies you note.

I think you're turning into Sally Field! :)



Shannon Lawrence said...
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Shannon Lawrence said...


Goodnight, Gracie. ;)

Wonderful pics of your dad! Go, him! I'm glad he's spitting in Parkinson's eye.

Thank you, Tina! Delighted to be in such wonderful company. <3


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